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Volunteering at Reading

Volunteering is a great way to see a whole new side to the festival. You’ll have a great time, meet new people, and help some awesome causes. What do you get when you volunteer?

  • Gain access to the best festival in the world
  • Time to see some amazing acts
  • Oodles of memories

For all volunteering, you’ll need to be 18 or over by the time you arrive at the festival site, have proof to volunteer in the UK (contact the respective volunteer organisation or visit their website for more information) and be available to work the shifts allocated to you throughout the weekend.

Volunteer on the Green Team

Do you want to help save the planet, one festival at a time?

We’re looking for volunteers who are full of energy, passionate about the environment and enjoy engaging with people on green issues. As a member of the Green Team, you will receive a crew wristband, get to camp in crew camping with like-minded people where you will have access to hot showers and nice loos. This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the sustainable events field, and you are welcome to enjoy the festival when you are not volunteering.

Please note applications are now closed for 2019

Campsite and Arena Volunteers

Our volunteers work across the Reading Festival helping festival goers to get the most out of their weekend!

If you’d like to get involved with Reading Festival – see behind the scenes, gain valuable experience for your CV, and help us to continue making Reading one of the best music festivals in the world – you can apply to volunteer to join the Hotbox Events Reading Festival team this summer!

When volunteering at Reading you’ll be provided with entry to the festival, lots of free time, you’ll make new friends whilst volunteering, get access to staff camping, cafe, toilets and showers, and most importantly have an amazing time you’ll never forget!

Our volunteers get involved with all sorts at Reading, including:

  • Providing information including directions, facilities, and performances, to ensure the festival goers have the best weekend possible.
  • Working in the festival’s campsites, arenas, on gates, fire towers, and wristband exchanges.
  • Being proactive and alert to any potential problems e.g. a build-up of litter or faulty facilities.
  • Promoting crime awareness and crime prevention to the public.
  • Helping festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents.
  • Working with onsite teams to ensure medical, fire and security issues are dealt with promptly and safely.
  • Helping to prevent overcrowding and on hand to monitor crowd safety.
  • Assisting the public to create an environment where they feel safe.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at Reading, head over to Hotbox Events

You can drop the team an email at [email protected]

Or go straight to the volunteer application

Reading volunteers

Got a question? Check their FAQs here.

Ambassador Scheme

Earn a free ticket to Reading by joining our ambassador scheme.

How does it all work?

It’s easy. You’ll earn points for every ticket that you sell to your family and friends. You can then use these points to redeem rewards in a shop within your ambassador dashboard. You know what more points mean, right? Prizes. The more points you earn, the more rewards you can earn for you and your friends.

By becoming an ambassador, you’ll be able to earn the following rewards:

  • Free weekend tickets
  • Merchandise credit
  • Side of stage access for selected artists – headliners are not included.

How do I make sales?

It’s as simple and 1,2,3,4.

  1. Create an ambassador account
  2. Log in to your account and click on ‘Start Selling’
  3. Select the ticket type and the number of tickets you want to sell to your friend
  4. Enter your friend’s name, email address and phone number to send them an invitation to buy a ticket from you

That’s it. You’re done.

Sign up to the ambassador scheme, here.

If you would like any more information before signing up feel free to email [email protected]

Already a member? Sign in, here.


Oxfam and Festival Republic have had a very long and brilliant relationship for many years. The appalling stories that have been reported recently doesn’t detract from our working partnership or affect how many millions have been raised from their charitable efforts and how many lives have been saved by their teams who are honourable, dedicated and amazing.

Oxfam is full of brilliant and compassionate people who have been let down by a few appalling individuals in the field and a leadership that failed to root it out. What needs to be focused on now is getting rid of those that don’t deserve the title of working there. The commitments the organisation has made to me gives me confidence that will happen and is happening.

Melvin Benn, MD of Festival Republic.